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The Patriots are traveling abroad in 2009 as they will jet off to London’s Wembley Stadium to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 25, 2009. It’ll be the NFL’s third installment of NFL in the U.K. and next year’s tilt should have the best matchup of the three so far (first was Giants-Dolphins then Saints-Chargers).
“We are proud to be selected by the NFL to be featured in next year’s international game,” New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a press release. “We have had a lot of memorable moments in recent years. I am sure our trip to the United Kingdom next year will prove to be an unforgettable experience for our players and coaches, as well as the many fans that will travel to the game. I think it is fitting that New England’s first game to be played outside of North America will be in England. I know that the UK is home to some of our most passionate Patriots fans and we look forward to the experience.”
My Take: Personally I’m amped for this. As a huge English soccer fan (Scouser through and through) I’ve been looking for an excuse to hop the pond and this may be the chance to do it. People worried about the travel shouldn’t; the flight from Boston to London is similar to the flight from Boston to Seattle and each team has it’s bye week following the London game. Cheerio!